Curious, symbolic and safe, those are the three most representative words of the tour that I made in the Historic Center of Bogotá thanks to Bogotá Pass travel agency. In addition to being very attentive with the attention before arriving in Colombia, during the tour and after it, they gave me the opport unity to meet La Candelaria with an excellent tour guide who stayed with us the three hours of walking travel.
We did the Candelaria Tour with an additional family, although we also had the possibility of enjoying a private tour. It was a very pleasant moment that I recommend for anyone curious to visit the most emblematic and significant spaces of the capital city of Colombia.
Our tour began with the Gold Museum, a museum that exhibits more than thirty-four thousand (34,000) pieces of gold that Colombians were able to preserve after their independence from the Spanish and which tell profound legends and stories of the ancestral communities that owned the gold.
We continue through a beautiful square called Parque Santander, where there is a source of tranquilizing water, points of commerce and a statue of General Francisco de Paula Santander, participant in the battle for the independence of Colombia.
Then we visited a church built in the 1560s, and it carries a fascinating history as it shows how the Spanish colonizers had established the Christian religion with power and strength. Passing through this church, we found a monument to someone who marked the history of the country, Jorge Eliecer Gaitán, a leftist who had the people hope to retake the justice and quality of life they needed, however, they told us that he was killed by the radical opposition that had a strong power at that time, from there a chaos was generated throughout the city by the dissatisfaction of citizens before the fact that destroyed their justice and democracy.
In this part of the journey I realized that I had a different idea of Colombians, because I never thought they would fight so much for their country and although they have been under the government of people who do not show affection and concern for Colombia, they continue to take A great smile and showing your good service always.
We started walking towards the eastern hills, which from the place where we were, are surprising and impressive because of their height and natural beauty. In addition, in the entire top of the hill that can be seen from this place, there is a church (Monserrate) and two restaurants that, according to the guide, are very nice, comfortable spaces and with a panoramic view of the entire city.
We continue walking in the same direction among some streets full of artistic murals that represent interesting stories and citizen criticism, after a few minutes, we reach the renowned Chorro de Quevedo and Callejón del Embudo, a place where Bogotá is believed to be founded and which stands out to show characteristics of what was a town in the old Santafé de Bogotá. With few houses, a central fountain that gave water to the inhabitants of the community and a small church. Nowadays, it is a beautiful space full of cultural encounters, sale of handicrafts, artistic murals, and commercial establishments of typical ancestral drinks and Colombian gastronomy. We also had the opportunity to experience traditional and ancestral drinks, such as Chucula, Chicha and Coca Tea.
A few minutes later, we went through other beautiful places such as the Cultural Apple, where the Botero Museum is located, three other museums and the Luis Ángel Arango Library. We finish our tour about 8 blocks from the Chorro de Quevedo, in the Plaza de Simón Bolívar, which has in the center of the plaza the maximum general in the independence of Simón Bolívar and at its sides has very important centers with very large structures, between these are the Congress of Colombia, the house of Nariño (home of the country’s president) and a beautiful church called Catedral Primada de Colombia.